Idaho Firefighters Endorse Marsy’s Law for Idaho, Stronger Rights for Crime Victims

BOISE – Marsy’s Law for Idaho announced today that the Professional Fire Fighters of Idaho has formally endorsed the campaign and its goal of winning stronger and equal rights for crime victims.

The board of PFFI, which represents more than 1,200 professional firefighters from across the state, voted recently to come out in full support of the proposed constitutional amendment.

“Firefighters are often part of the first response to victims of crime,” said PFFI President Tom Lovell, a battalion chief with the Boise Fire Department. “We’re there on scene providing aid, assistance and support to these victims. We’ve seen our share of victims of abuse and the looks of helplessness and shame.

“Working on behalf of Marsy’s Law for Idaho is one way we can continue to help victims after that initial interaction. We understand that victims need support and advocacy throughout the justice system,” he said.

The PFFI is the largest firefighters’ organization in Idaho, with members in 35 local units statewide. The PFFI joins the Idaho Sheriff’s Association, the Fraternal Order of Police, victim advocates and cities that have formally endorsed Marsy’s Law for Idaho.

Written by Idahoans specifically to suit Idaho’s needs, the proposed amendment would build on the existing notification network, give victims a stronger voice and rights equal to those granted offenders.

“We’re thrilled to have the support of Idaho’s firefighters and their backing adds to the momentum and grassroots support we’re building for this campaign,” said Jason Arrington, state director for Marsy’s Law for Idaho. “It’s gratifying to see more Idahoans recognize the need to be on the side of crime victims.”